rayOfBeer (662) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: HLV alias, pours mahagony brown with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is malty with some chocolate and a little skunkiness. Flavor is a dusty bitter cocoa powder with some metallic notes and a lightly sweet bread. Palate is mostly powdery dry with just a light sweetness. This beer is ok for the price but a little off with the metallic bits and the bitter balance could do with a little more sweetness, especially initially.
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounnce bottle pours a brown color, aroma of caramel, nuts, light cutrus, and some sweet malt. Flavors same as aroma, average brown ale, would drink again.
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was disappointing. Now, it was only $1.99/bomber, so what can you expect, but I do expect that Trader Joe’s isn’t going to align itself with something that can’t pass for a quality product. The biggest problem here is a really obvious metallic finish that ruined it. The maltiness is murky at the front, too. Better off going with the three buck chuck. Bottle.
SFtaster (54) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into chilled tall glass. New addition to the Trader Joe’s line of craft beers. They also offer an IPA and a double IPA.
Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lifting Vessel) is a good, no-frills example of the style. Upfront malt, carmel, and raisin flavors. Surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Packs a good punch at 7% ABV. Great value at $1.99 for a bomber sized bottle.
Chudwick (2009) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml bottle (AKA Boatswain HLV) - pours deep ruby with plenty of beige head. Nose is caramel and candy sugar. Flavor adds chocolate and a slightly acidic and unfamiliar ingredient (perhaps rotten prunes) but it has a hoppy quality. Dry lips. This beer gets hoppier by the sip and more acidic/sour. Perhaps it’s served too warm (18 degrees Celsius). This reminds more of a hoppy amber ale than a brown ale. I don’t know if I got a bad batch, if this bottle is served too warm, if this beer is just less than decent or a combination of two/three of my conditions. It leaves me smiling, so there’s that going for it.
unclemike (2214) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very good looking brown ale. Mild malty aromas. Flavor is sweet and nutty but with good balance. Deduct for slight metallic tinge. Heavy body after a few sips. Long finish with coffee-plum notes. Not bad. -Especially for $2.49 a bottle!
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with a frothy beige head, diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, toasted grain, molasses with a hint of citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, sticky texture and moderate to lively carbonation. Some metallic tastes in the finish. Reminds me of a rich British ale, but that disintegrates in the finish. Aroma is better than flavor.
rubbishystuff (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this as TJ Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Not bad for the cheap price but it was a strange unbalanced beer IMHO. The sweetness (watery but also very sweet) and bitterness (all hop bitterness no hop flavor.aroma) hit and such different times in a sip. Hints at more complexity but waters out at the end. But at 1.99 for a bomber. . . .Serving: Bottle
Slegar (26) - Green bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good. Raisiny and nice body. Will get many more of these. Cannot beat the bang for the buck
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown (not quite black) with a fair light cocoa head and a little lace. Aroma is of sweet malts, some hops. Nice carbonated flavor, dominated by sweet malts, some hop flavor, a little sweet molasses.